Absinthe FAQs

Is Absinthe Legal?

Absinthe was initially banned in the USA in 1912 following several other countries. This was caused by propaganda promoted by the struggling wine industry to regain its foothold after a drought. Ted Breaux and Yves Kübler, helped have the ban revisited and in 2007 the ban on absinthe was lifted and the USA.

Is It Real Absinthe?

Along with the chemical reverse engineering of Ted Breaux, original recipes and unopened pre-ban bottle of absinthe, it has been found that the current varieties of absinthe produced by the better distilleries are true to the original formulation.

Will You Hallucinate?

A 1864 experiment in which a guinea pig exposed to large doses of pure wormwood vapour experienced convulsive seizures. This was later blame the naturally occurring (in wormwood) chemical thujone for these effects. No absinthe has enough thujone to have any effect.

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Kübler Absinthe Superieure

I personally like a variety of flavors and styles in my Absinthe den. Also, shipping absinthe to my door gets expensive and takes time. It’s nice to be able to go down to the local liquor store and pick up something when I am running dry. In comes Kübler. I always have a bottle on hand because of the previous reasons and also, I like it. No, it is not overly complex or exotic. Yes, it is a nice drink and as a matter of fact, sometimes I reach for Kübler before some of my top shelf stuff just because I enjoy it.
FACTS: Kübler Absinthe Superieure is a brand of absinthe, distilled in the Val-de-Travers region of Switzerland also known as the birthplace of absinthe’.

  • Type: Absinthe
  • Manufacturer: Blackmint (Kübler & Wyss)
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Introduced: 2007 in USA
  • Alcohol by volume: 53.0%
  • Proof: 106

Appearance (4)

Free of any color, no have or sediment. Perfect for a blanche.

Louche (4)

I like the louche of Kübler. It’s a little fast compared to some other, but not too fast.
(I actually helps when lower alcohol absinthes (53%) louche a little fast. Helps you judge when its ready as you usually use less water.)
The result here is a pretty milky pearle white. I like it.

Aroma (3)

Kübler’s aroma is very light. While it is mostly licorice, it is not overwhelming or sweet. It’s pleasant and if you take your time you will get hints of fennel bulb and well as a touch of wormwood. Not complex, but certainly pleasing.

Flavor/Mouthfeel (3)

I do prefer a slightly thicker absinthe post louche. Kübler is a little on the thin side. Especially when you consider it most will louche it with a lower water ratio due to the low alcohol content. There is a mild yet still pleasing tongue numbing.
Flavor wise matches the aroma. Mostly anise with a slight fennel and wormwood. There is a mild chemical taste but that is certainly not distracting. The alcohol burn is very low as to be expected.

Finish (2)

There is a fleeting aftertaste. It does not stick around long. While this is a drawback, it can be very refreshing as there is a palate cleansing effect. The tongue numbness sticks around a little longer than the taste.

Overall (3)

Kübler is an un-complex and simple blanche very refreshing and quite drinkable. This is a good starter for people with an untrained palate or who are just looking for a nice clean drink. Goes great with a light salad.

Wormwood Society Score 3.2

Kübler Absinthe Superieur Homepage

Published: February 20, 2014 | Comments: 0

Drinking Crappy Absinthe

If your like myself, you have at least once been swindled into a bottle of “sub par” absinthe. I have spent $70+ on bottles that have just sat on my bar for years. The bottles are indeed nice looking in most cases. This is probably partly what drew me in. especially with Le Tourment Vert. A wonderful $55 bottle full of pale turquoise mouthwash.

Lately, I find myself indulging more and more into some great absinthes. This gets expensive as well as takes up more and more room on the bar. So I decided to figure away to make more room and drink the “crap” that cost me a fortune. I filled up a glass of ice with a shot of Le Tourment Vert and ginger ale. To my surprise, though nothing like absinthe, it was enjoyable. So I will finally finish of these few bottles I have left and make room for some PF 1901.

What do you do with your “mistakes”?

Published: February 13, 2014 | Comments: 0

How to Prepare Absinthe

The maker of one of my favorite absinthe’s, St. George, shows how to prepare absinthe the traditional way.  He also does a great job of telling you a little about the absinthe effect and enjoyment.

Published: June 29, 2013 | Comments: 0

Sugar Cube Skulls

DemBone Sugar Cube Skulls

For the discerning gothic absintheur, Sugar Cube Skulls.
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Published: November 22, 2012 | Comments: 0

Astor Wines & Spirits, Manhattan

Well after trying the absinthe Delaware Phoenix Distillery had to offer, we made are way to Astor Wines & Spirits. This is a great liquor store and has a great selection and feel. We got to try some new Mezcal (Nasty stuff) and chit chat with some knowledgable folks. We walked over to the wall of absinthe and found what we came for. A bottle of Delaware Phoenix Distillery “Meadow of Love”. Good times. We loaded the bottle into my backpack and went on to our next adventure. (more…)

Published: February 19, 2012 | Comments: 0